University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 2000 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Wendell G. LorangWendell G. LorangInstitutional Research

Wendell G. Lorang has made many profound contributions to the campus, but perhaps the most significant has been his work on enrollment modeling and projection. Changes in funding to the Resource Allocation Method (RAM) as well as plans to increase enrollment and improve academics have made it important to understand the motivations involved in students’ experience at the University. Lorang has been commended for his ability to comprehend both the funding mechanism and student enrollment behavior.

In his new capacity as Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Lorang has been influential in advancing the University’s challenge to improve student recruitment and retention, to increase student achievement, to allocate and manage resources more effectively, and to evaluate the performance of faculty and academic departments. He also has been praised for his ability to find creative solutions in selecting and testing options and in inventing the necessary management tools for measuring success.

Lorang also contributes much to his profession. He has written many articles for scholarly journals, as well as numerous reports for the University. He is a founding member of the Northeast Association of Institutional Researchers and was one of the four founders of the SUNY-wide Association of Institutional Researchers and Planning Officers. His colleagues are quick to pay tribute to his professionalism and devotion to the University.

Lorang has served on more than 100 campus and SUNY governance or administrative groups, an accomplishment few can match. In addition to these professional responsibilities, he can also be seen assisting people in other ways, such as volunteering to help the University Computer Store hand out computers to new freshmen during opening weekend.

Excellence in Professional Service

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